[7:00 PM] Kings @ Magic

Who will WIN this matchup?

Sacramento Kings (2-3)

@ Orlando Magic (1-3)


Current odds:

Sacramento Kings: (-105)

Orlando Magic: (-115)


ESPN simulations have Sacramento as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Orlando to win as (TBD) underdogs.

The line for this game is Orlando by 1.5 points.

The Sacramento Kings are a different team when DeMarcus Cousins is on the floor and attacking, and when the referees allow him to attack. Cousins will try to avoid another foul-plagued effort when the Kings close out the Southeast Division portion of their five-game road trip by visiting the Orlando Magic on Thursday.

Cousins is averaging 26.8 points in large part because he is attacking the basket and drawing contact. The 26-year-old Kentucky product is attempting an average of 13.4 free throws in the first week of the season, with Monday’s 1-of-3 effort the only time attempting fewer than 14, and connecting at a 77.6-percent clip. Cousins could use more help from his teammates as Rudy Gay added 30 points on Tuesday but starters Matt Barnes (0-of-7) and Ty Lawson (1-of-6) combined for two points and Arron Afflalo went 1-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Serge Ibaka got off to a bit of a slow start in his tenure with Orlando but started to come on in a loss at Cleveland on Saturday and turned in a season-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting on Tuesday. Ibaka, who was acquired in a draft night trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder, buried two free throws in the closing seconds after being the victim of a flagrant foul and taking a hard fall to give the Magic the two-point win over the 76ers.

Magic PG Elfrid Payton turned in his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 assists on Tuesday.

Sacramento SF Omri Casspi (illness) sat out Tuesday and is day-to-day.

The teams split two meetings last season, with each winning on the other’s home floor.


StreakSmarts Pick: Sacramento Kings

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick